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Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Merges with Fleischman and Harding

February 1, 2011


The international law firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) is pleased to announce that Fleischman and Harding, a highly regarded Washington, DC law firm concentrating in the communications industry, has combined with EAPD and its Washington office. With the addition of 12 talented attorneys from Fleischman and Harding, EAPD adds a dynamic new capability to its practice portfolio while expanding significantly the size of its growing office in Washington.

Fleischman and Harding (formerly Fleischman and Walsh) is a cutting-edge communications law firm that represents household-name clients in a number of industries, including cable television, broadcast radio and TV, Internet, and wireless and wireline companies. The firm advises clients in regulatory matters, transactions, and legislative issues. Clients include Advance Communications, Cable One, CW Network, Mediacom, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Time Warner Cable, and WorldNet Telecommunications, among others.

“EAPD has a long-standing reputation for representing a variety of prominent communications companies in complex transactions. Those clients and others will benefit immediately from Fleischman and Harding’s expertise, particularly in regulatory and legislative issues,” said Walter Reed, the managing partner of EAPD. “In addition, our new colleagues nicely complement our capabilities in a number of other areas, such as intellectual property and litigation.”

“The communications business is marked by constant changes in technology, competition and regulation, and we have a proven track record of anticipating and adapting to this fluid marketplace,” added Aaron I. Fleischman, the chairman and managing partner of Fleischman and Harding. “Our clients will benefit from an enhanced range of legal services, and with EAPD’s terrific platform, we will be in an even better position to meet our clients’ needs.”

The 12 attorneys joining EAPD include:

Aaron Fleischman, senior partner
Fleischman was the chairman and managing Partner of Fleischman and Harding. Over the firm’s 35-year history, Fleischman has represented clients in major corporate transactions and regulatory proceedings. His practice focuses on strategic solutions in corporate and regulatory matters. Fleischman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and he is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School.

Art Harding, partner
Harding was a senior partner representing clients in matters involving cable television, broadcasting, telecommunications, the Internet, privacy, e-commerce, and telecommunications. He plays an active role in a broad range of proceedings before the FCC, such as rulemakings, waiver petitions, enforcement matters and transaction approvals. Harding is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and is also a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. He earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Seth Davidson, partner
Davidson was a partner in Fleischman and Harding's Cable Television and Internet, Privacy and e-Commerce practice groups. He counsels clients on regulatory issues of interest to the cable, satellite, broadcast and Internet industries. In addition to communications law, he also focuses on intellectual property, often handling matters before the FCC and the US Copyright Office, as well as maintaining a legislative and government relations practice. He is active in the Federal Communications Bar Association and is former co-chair of its Communications Law, Copyright and Digital Rights Management Committees. Davidson is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and graduated from Columbia Law School.

Larry Freedman, partner
Freedman’s telecommunications practice focuses on serving clients in cutting-edge transactions, as well as regulatory and dispute resolution matters before state public regulatory commissions, the Federal Communications Commission, and other arenas. He assists competitive telecommunications providers in the development of legal and regulatory strategies as well as synergistic relationships between telecom and other areas such as real estate. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the D.C. Bar’s Computer and Telecommunications Law Section. Freedman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, and he is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law.

Jeff Hardin, partner
Hardin was a partner in Fleischman and Harding's Corporate Securities group. He represents telecommunications clients, including cable television, telephone and wireless companies, and public utility clients. His counsel involves the gas, electric and water distribution businesses, mergers, business acquisitions and divestitures, auctions, restructurings, like-kind exchanges, strategic joint ventures, financings and other material contractual arrangements. Hardin is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and graduated from the Columbia Law School.

Craig Gilley, counsel
At Fleischman and Harding, Gilley focused on communications law with an emphasis on the cable television industry. Gilley counseled clients in a variety of matters, including the regulation of cable operators and programmers, franchising of cable and telecommunications providers, access to poles, conduits and easements, and fair competition and pricing disputes. He is also a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Gilley is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and graduated from the Georgetown University School of Law.

Sharon Monahan, counsel
Monahan advises cable operators in a wide variety of matters, including FCC regulatory compliance and the implementation of federal, state and local laws affecting cable TV operations. Previously, Monahan was the vice president of legal affairs for Century Communications Corp. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, she is a graduate of the Western New England School of Law. Monahan has served as the director and national chair of Women in Cable Telecommunications, and she is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

“EAPD’s expansion in Washington is a strategic priority for our Firm,” noted Greg Young, the partner-in-charge of EAPD’s office in Washington, DC. “The addition of a Fleischman and Harding and its premier communications practice marks a major step in the execution of that strategy. But this is just the beginning, and we look forward to additional growth in this vital and important market.”

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